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An ancient castle, a tragic love, and a web of secrets begins to unravel....

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a 13th-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a "treasure of great price". And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, there was another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

©1995, 2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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Poor editing of recorded audio

There were multiple instances of repeated words or phrases when the narrator made a mistake and restarted the sentence that weren’t removed in this version. It needs to be reviewed and cleaned up.

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  • Sanette Smith
  • 27-02-2020

Worst narrator ever!

I absolutely loved my first audible book by Susanna Kearsley. But what a dissapointment that I just cannot get myself to listen to the forced and unnatural performance by the narrator Barbara Rosenblat.... I have tried 5 times to start again, hoping I would get used to her voice, but I just couldn't. What a waste of time and money and possibly a great story, however the narrator just "killed" it for me

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  • S. Reader
  • 10-10-2017

beautifully done

loved everything. The story, the narrator, everything. Susanna Kearsley writes the most beautiful stories.

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  • Vicky
  • 02-06-2014

Good story, sloppy editing

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The story itself is a fun listen, but in almost every chapter there is an editing mistake where the narrator will say the same sentence twice in different intonations. A couple of times it was clear that she had read the sentence incorrectly and had to do it again. Other than that it is a good summer listen.

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  • Scorpio
  • 04-05-2021

Enjoyable story

Enjoyable story and narration sadly spoilt by faulty recording. In the last half of the tale, with repetition of words and phases. Even full sentences causing breaks in immersion from the story.

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  • Suzie P.
  • 10-02-2020

Good story and performance; poor editing!

An enjoyable story and performance, but the edit of the audiobook had an irritating number of errors. On numerous occasions, re-takes of the reading had not been edited out, so sentences were read aloud 2-3 times in different ways. A frustrating distraction in an otherwise enjoyable audiobook.

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